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It's a relatively basic configuration -- just load mod_deflate and configure it (SetOutputfilter, AddOutputFilterByType, etc) as the manual for mod_deflate describes.


Rather than turning it off site-wide, why not have the developers make requests that don't request compression? If the Accept-Encoding header isn't set in the request, the server shouldn't be sending back compressed data.


You will have to instruct wget to write to STDOUT, you do this by passing -O - to wget, otherwise it will save the file to disk. tar is failing because as executed it's expecting something from STDIN. This should work: wget -q -O - "https://download-of-large-file-here.tar.gz" | tar xz & Where -q suppresses the default progress information from STDOUT ...


My issue was specific. XenForo features automatic gzip as an application-level config option. If you are having this issue, make sure that your application does not also gzip before it reaches your server. https://xenforo.com/help/config-php-options/

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